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Scientific name:
Protobothrops mangshanensis 

Conservation Status:
Common

Where to see them in the zoo:
World of Reptiles

Fun Facts:

Highly variable in color, eyelash vipers may be green, reddish brown, or even solid yellow, with many mixes in between!
 
In parts of its range, the yellow color phase is locally known as the “Oropel,” which loosely translates as “gaudy” or “flashy.”
 
 

 Eyelash viper

Size: 
1 to 3 feet 
 
Range:
Central America and northern South America. 
 
Habitat:
Tropical forests 
 
Lifestyle:
Eyelash vipers typically live in trees and are ambush predators. Their colors help them blend into mossy branches, tree bark, and sometimes even flowers which help them hide from predators and prey. 
 
Food:
Wild eyelash vipers feed mainly on small lizards and frogs, although they are known to occasionally eat hummingbirds. 
 
Life Cycle:
Female eyelash vipers give birth to live young. The young are very small at birth and reach sexual maturity at 2 to 4 years of age. 
 
Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD):
Tapirs, howler monkeys, jaguars, macaws, and bushmasters to name just a few. 
 
Population Status & Threats:
These snakes are still considered fairly common in the wild, although they are threatened with loss of their tropical forest habitats. Young eyelash vipers fall prey to a number of predators.